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NATO warns Russia against nuclear warfare, as Biden arrives in Brussels



NATO says Russia should avoid nuclear warfare at all costs as U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in Brussels for emergency talks.

United States President Joe Biden has just touched down in Brussels, ahead of emergency talks addressing the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Air Force One touched down at 9:03 p.m. local time, following a seven-hour flight from Washington.

This comes as Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration made a formal determination that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine.

Military support

According to reports from the U.K. Prime Minister’s office, the United Kingdom is set to send a further 6,000 weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank and high-explosive weaponry.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will join emergency talks with NATO, the G7, and the European Union on Thursday.

Nuclear warning

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has labelled Moscow’s nuclear talks as “dangerous” and “irresponsible”. He also while reaffirmed the bloc’s readiness to protect and defend member nations. He warned Russia will fail to win a nuclear battle when faced with Western allies.

Although the alliance will not send troops across the border and into Ukraine, Stoltenberg says it’s extremely important to prevent this conflict from becoming a “full-fledged war”.

NATO is likely to approve the increase of military forces along its eastern flank, as leaders prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday for crisis talks.

40-thousand troops are sitting along the eastern border of the alliance, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Four additional combat units will likely be set up in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

NATO’s posture will be strengthened in all domains including on land, in the air, and at sea.

Latest developments

  • NATO is set to approve further military increases in forces deployed on its eastern flank.
  • Ukrainian forces are managing to counter-attack their Russian counterparts, with reports they are gaining ground to the west of Kyiv.
  • Russia is continuing its relentless bombardment of Mariupol, with many parts of the key port city now in ruins.
  •  Poland is expelling 45 Russian diplomats, accusing the officials of gathering intelligence.

New Iron Curtain

As Putin’s war on Ukraine continues, there are fresh fears for NATO’s Baltic members, with Secretary-General Stoltenberg warning a new “iron curtain” may fall.

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China and the U.S. now caught up in a deadly game



As the U.S. and Chinese defence bosses spoke in Beijing, many in the room realised one thing – the two are far from ready to talk.

A thinly veiled criticism of the United States was delivered by Chinese Defence Minister General Li Shangfu.

In his first public statement to an international audience since becoming defence minister in March, Li highlighted China’s Global Security Initiative, a set of foreign policy principles and directions in line with Beijing’s style of diplomacy, which was announced in April last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“It practises exceptionalism and double standards and only serves the interests and follows the rules of a small number of countries,” he told Asia’s biggest defence conference.

Among them are opposition to unilateral sanctions and economic development as a means of stemming instability and conflict.

“Its so-called rules-based international order never tells you what the rules are, and who made these rules,” Li said in a speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, without naming the US or its partners.

#featured #china #li shangfu #south china sea #taiwan

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China and U.S. in the crosshairs over close call



The provocation of a Chinese warship sailing 2000ft off the bow of a U.S. warship near Taiwan has escalated tensions.

As the U.S. and Chinese military chiefs stood in the same room in Singapore, a dangerous manoeuvre was taking place in the South China Sea.

A Chinese naval vessel sailed directly in front of a U.S. warship, in a supposed breach of international law.

The U-S describing this maneuver as “unsafe” but China disagrees. China claims the democratic island of Taiwan as part of its own territory.

Beijing says the strait is part of its exclusive economic zone but the U-S regularly sail through and flies over the area.

The incident in the Taiwan Straits comes after the U-S Defence Secretary and his Chinese counterpart were together in Singapore.

The pair weren’t meeting but they were in the room for a defence conference.

Li Shangfu is China’s Defence Minister who’s suggesting the U-S and its allies are creating danger in the region.

He’s asking one question, “what’s the point of going there?”

And he followed on with the saying “In China we always say: ‘Mind your own business.’”

David Zhang, who’s the host of China Insider, says China is now playing a more dangerous game, akin to a Cold War mentality. #china #south china sea #taiwan #united states #featured

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The great burnout, a generational problem?



You have probably heard of ‘The Great resignation’.

But have you heard of the Great Burnout?

COVID-19 saw many companies introduce a working from home policies, which kept them afloat as well as their workforce employed.

Three years on we love the flexibility, but does it love us?

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